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"Lionel Moves Into the Neighborhood"
Season 1, episode # 8
# 8 overall in series (205 episodes)
AITF 1x8 - Lionel Moves Into the Neighborhood
Lionel Jefferson revealing that his family is the black family who bought the house next door from the Bunker's neighbor Jim Bowman, as the rumor had already been speading about the neighborhood in "Lionel Moves Into the Neighborhood" in Season 1 (ep.#8).
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Series: All in the Family
Network/Country: CBS-TV / U.S.
Air date March 2, 1971
Production code 108 (1x08)
Written by: Don Nicholl & Bryan Joseph
Directed by: John Rich
Guest starring: Mike Evans
Vincent Gardenia
Isabel Sanford
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Lionel Moves Into the Neighborhood is the eighth episode of the first season of CBS-TV's All in the Family, and the eighth overall episode of the series, which originally aired on March 2, 1971.


"Lionel Moves Into the Neighborhood"
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Archie and several neighbors learn that a black family is moving into the neighborhood, unaware that it is the Jeffersons. Lionel finds out about the effort to purchase the Jeffersons' new house and gets Archie to reveal his plans.

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Archie (Carroll O'Connor) learns to his horror that a black family is moving across the street. As Edith, Gloria, and Mike listen with varying reactions, Archie spouts out all manner of racist venom and ethnic misapprehensions -- only to be caught short when Lionel Jefferson (Mike Evans) arrives with an added tidbit of information. Vincent Gardenia, who later joined the cast as Frank Lorenzo, here portrays the extremely nervous recently widowed Jim Bowman, who plans to sell his home to the Jeffersons, to Archie's disbelief, as well as his bitter objections to having a black family in the neighborhood. So, in a desperate attempt to keep the Jeffersons from buying the Bowman home, Archie tries to gather a group of white neighbors together to buy the house, but to no avail.

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